Energy poverty needs to be prioritized at the national level if the transition to net-zero emissions is to be fair and just. The federal government can play a leadership role by expanding the scale and scope of low-income energy efficiency.
A new report by Efficiency Canada shows how federal investment in existing low-income energy efficiency programs can help achieve net-zero emissions and reduce energy poverty.
To achieve net-zero emission goals, this budget must strategically dedicate resources to prepare for a significant scale-up in energy efficiency. Canada lags other nations in the efficient use of energy resources. A recent International Energy Agency analysis showed that Canada has the highest energy intensity measured by total final consumption per unit of GDP amongst all member countries. However, this suggests there is significant potential to cut energy costs, improve productivity, and reduce emissions.
This blog responds to a Canada Energy Centre brief blaming sustainable energy for energy poverty.
Canada needs a national strategy on reducing energy poverty. The federal government can play a leadership role by expanding the scale and scope of low-income energy efficiency. Here’s what we can learn from national initiatives in other jurisdictions.